Some Hidden Treasure

by Alicia Waller & The Excursion

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1.
(Chorus) Stories told about it There's been so many songs about it Done read so many poems about it I never want to be without it I never want to be without it Stories told about it Searched high and low to be around ya I thank my God I finally found you I never want to be without you I never want to be without you ‘Cause I’m tryin to find What I been tryin to find Hum.. (Verse 1) My friendly friend said to me Take my hand and you can see I don't want to go I don't want to go I don't want to follow that lead He left me a hand out for the free While I wondered should I believe him want to go I don't want to go If you gon turn around and leave ‘Cause I’m trying to find What I been tryin to find Love, love, love, love, Love, love, love... (Chorus) I... was tryin to find what I been tryin to find Some kind of love that would last for all time Oh and there he was, he looked me right in the eye Love, love, love, love, Love, love, love... (Verse 2) My friendly friend came to me When I (was) heavied by deceiving Was so bright So simple and kind Turned out was exactly what I needed Still left me his hand out for the free Reached down and carried me to believing Until I know now What I know A love can bloom so preciously
2.
Clouds 04:21
(Verse 1) No cloud upon me Got a Braid in my hair He said I was so pretty, so pretty, so pretty Daybreak above me Not a Hint of despair, and there was a light for me, finally shining (Chorus) Been dreaming of a sunny day You know how they say Chasing all the clouds away He'll love me, lovely— with family Maybe dreams for me, not you You know how we do Just want a mile in new shoes Of loving, loving, and family Hurry up, hurry up, hurry... (Verse 2) Time around me Spinning past all day long It says to me patiently, Building its tapestry Nights come upon you But lights break at dawn So just take it easily Faith that it will be (Chorus) Been dreaming of a sunny day Big hearts and laughs, I pray You know, just how they say He'll love me, lovely— with family Maybe dreams for me, not you You know how we do Just want a mile in new shoes Of loving, loving, and family Hurry up, hurry up, hurry...
3.
Soul 04:56
(Section A) Lay it down, lay it down in front of me I can see it, I can feel it, I'm a tell you how its gonna be You want a soul You the man, you're the only man, that I see in front of me I'm right beside you, force behind you Got you covered here for 'round the world to see You want a soul (Section B) Oh but when I need some air around me Slow down a little bit Oh a step back, a place for hiding Cool down a little bit You know to give her space for breathing Take time, a little bit Just go, go, go. (Section A1) Turn around, turn around so we agree? I can hear it, built to bear it, know exactly who you tryna be You want a soul You the man, you're the only man, that I see in front of me I'm right beside you, force behind you Got you covered here for 'round the world to see You want a soul (Section C) My brother, brother Man, I got the key We’ll make it over so deliciously True it was never built for you, or me But I’m a tell you how it’s going to be So come along with me My brother, only Milk and honey A Reconstruction built especially Atop a mountain crest for you, and me So come we’ll show em how it’s gonna be Why don’t you sing it with me?
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I tried it. (Verse) Mister, Mister— how could you do me this way? I thought it was good I thought it was real so I put down my walls, and I did everything I thought you might like— acted so nice it wasn’t me but I put up a fight because I wanted your attention but you didn’t listen so the story goes now I’m in the same position, of.. (Chorus) Just step back learn him first I try to figure out and don’t get hurt Just step back learn him first I try to figure out and I really wish, I wish I was right this time (Bridge) Well, I’m giving it up Giving it up Giving it up

about

Alicia Waller is a New York City-based soprano, vocalist, and songwriter seeking to integrate a range of diverse musical traditions through a performance practice that centers around the female voice. To hear her is to encounter an incredibly versatile musician with a seemingly insatiable appetite for artistic exploration. She is, for example, a classically trained opera singer as well as an avid interpreter of a number of Latin and vernacular forms from around the world.

In her debut album release Some Hidden Treasure, Waller unveils four original songs that present a wide-ranging exploration of American music. Appearing as frontwoman of Alicia Waller & The Excursion, she calls the record “an experiment about the spaces in between.” Waller’s Some Hidden Treasure weaves globally inspired jazz with soul, soul with R&B, and R&B with spirituals and the blues, plus a nod to hip-hop. She achieves this all while expertly adapting her trained vocal instrument to an entirely new direction alongside veteran bassist and co-producer, Marcos Varela, and in the company of the formidable instrumentalists who form her backing ensemble, The Excursion.

While composing the E.P., Waller looked to the artists she’d grown up on—the music her parents listened to like Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Anita Baker. Fascinated by the compositional complexity and textural diversity that these great musicians offered alongside their masterful vocal performances, she sought to develop a lush and varied sonic landscape for the album. The artist says that she wanted to push boundaries in contemporary music and challenge listeners. “When I went into this, I didn’t know exactly what was going to come out,” Waller states. “I just knew that I wanted it to sound ballsy and new. I wanted the voice to have a touch of classical and jazz, but the instrumentation to feel like soul music. I wanted it to sound like it came from the gut.”

The record is also a frank expression of feminine vulnerability. In the frenetic “Soul,” Waller and the band race between three distinct musical themes as the singer describes her contradictory emotions toward a lover—courting him, refusing him, and seducing him at once. In the title track, “Some Hidden Treasure,” she tenderly contends with having fallen in love with a dear friend, while in “Just Step Back” she manically consults the many voices in her head as she frees herself from a relationship that has run its course. The song, “Clouds,” finds the singer at perhaps her most transparent, as she openly discusses a desire for love and fear of time lost.

Some Hidden Treasure is the opening act of an artist with a lot to say, and who is daring enough to say it all while channeling her musical roots in a refreshingly inventive way.

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released February 14, 2020

Executive Producer: Alicia Waller
Produced by Marcos Varela and Alicia Waller

Lead Vocals: Alicia Waller
Background Vocals: Shani Philpotts Baker, Leah Heater, Alicia Waller
Guitar: Seth Johnson, Jeff McLaughlin
Piano/Keys: Takahiro Izumikawa, Justin Carroll
Bass: Marcos Varela
Drums/Percussion: Adam Jackson, Kenny Grohowski, Cody Rahn
Harp: Marilu Donovan
Viola: Andrew Griffin
Cello: Scott McCreary

Engineers: Lily Wen, Michael Coleman, Oliver Strauss, Joshua Valleau
Mixed by Jason Moss
Mastered by Christopher Gehringer

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Alicia Waller New York, New York

Alicia Waller is a multi-talented singer-songwriter whose vision is to inspire cultural diplomacy through music. With a background in opera as a soprano vocalist, Alicia has since focused on soul music and the African diaspora as the foundation for her EP Some Hidden Treasure, released in February 2020. Her voice and sound have been hailed as “flexible and virtuosic.” ... more

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